Karen Head is Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, an M.A. from the University of Tennessee, and a B.A. from Oglethorpe University. She has been at Georgia Tech for seven years, most recently serving as Graduate Communication Coordinator. Since 2006, she has been a Visiting Scholar at Technische Universität-Dortmund, Germany, where she served as primary consultant for their academic center. Before coming to Georgia Tech, Karen held a number of writing program administrative positions. She has published three books of poetry and exhibited several acclaimed digital poetry projects. Her scholarly research focuses on communication theory and pedagogical practice, especially in the implementation and development of writing centers, writing program administration, and multidisciplinary communication. She has been awarded, as part of an institutional set of proposals, a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and teach a massive open online course (MOOC) focused on first-year composition.